The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, has solicited for synergy and intelligence sharing amongst various security agencies and residents of Borno and other states of the northeast to totally end insurgency in the region.
He noted that intelligence sharing between the security agencies and the residents of the affected areas is what is required to totally defeat the terrorists who have resorted to attacking soft targets because they have been weakened, to gain relevance.
Brigadier General Biu stated this yesterday in Maiduguri during his familiarisation visits to the Nigeria Police Command, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the State Security Services (DSS). He also informed the agencies that as part of measures to end the attacks on soft targets through suicide bombing, the Army has offered a reward of N5 million to any resident of northeast who provides information leading to the exposure of any improvised explosive devices (IEDs) making factory.
He said his tour to all the heads of other security agencies in the state is to strengthen the existing relationship. He quickly added that the established relationship between the Army and other security agencies in the state has robustly improved the counter insurgency operations.
“I have come to assure you that the relationship between my command and other security agencies will be consolidated to surpass what I met on ground so that we can join hands to end the activities of boko haram. I deemed it fit to visit the heads of security agencies in Borno for a greater synergy.
“I also find it very expedient to visit because the challenges we face in Borno can’t be tackled by one agency alone because they are enormous. But we need to encourage each other and consider our service as a national call. Many have paid the supreme price, but it is our duty to ensure that the labour of our heroes past are not in vain. I have come to join you as partners to work towards the restoration of peace in Borno, Northeast and Nigeria at large.”
In his response, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, thanked the GOC for the visit and noted that since his assumption of office as Commissioner of Police in Borno, he is the third GOC that he has had to work with.
“Just like the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari in picking Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, a son of the soil as Chief of Army Staff which boosted the decimation of the terrorists, with you as son of the soil, the era of boko haram will soon be a thing of the past.
Also responding, the commandant of NSCDC in Borno, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, informed the GOC of how his command took the bull by the horn and moved to Dikwa after it was liberated by the military when others were apprehensive, to restore civil order.
The NSCDC boss said the major problem now was the issue of the boko haram terrorists who want to surrender, but are afraid of the military. He pointed out that many of them who want to surrender want to come out through other security agencies and not the military. He then appealed to the military to decentralise the surrender programme.
In the same vein, the Borno State director of the DSS, Mr Kankiya Suleiman Husseini, described the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army as the measure instrument of the Theater.
“The war has been won because insurgency is not a full blown war that will reoccur after the terrorists has been totally defeated and the duty of the DSS to the military is to provide intelligence, but intelligence is useless if not implemented.
“One of the things I tell my commanders is to never waste time when there is any information from a source even at a cost. I assure you of the service cooperation and synergy in restoring peace in Borno.”
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